Health

Dirty vehicles and low morale at Spalding ambulance site

Dirty ambulances and low staff morale were reported by inspectors looking at a service contracted in South Holland. The Thames Ambulance Service staff had no access to running water in Spalding and inspectors found dirty vehicles when they checked the site in October. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report was discussed by county councillors at a meeting this week. Members ...

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Care company getting better

A South Holland care company has been judged to require improvement by inspectors. Atlas Care, at Pode Hole, has been rated good for caring and effectiveness by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). But it requires improvement for safety, responsiveness and leadership. Atlas Care provides services to clients ranging from older people with dementia and those with physical disability. An inspection ...

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Lincolnshire named worst place for people wanting NHS dentists

Lincolnshire is the worst place in the country for patients looking to find an NHS dentist. The news comes hard on the heels of the revelation that two promised surgeries in Spalding are not going to materialise. A 2018 survey carried out on behalf of the government has revealed that patients in South Lincolnshire have the lowest success rate of ...

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Breast screening unit at Johnson for Gosberton patients

Patients registered at a Gosberton GP surgery are being invited for breast screening at a mobile unit in South Holland later this month. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service will be inviting women registered with Gosberton Medical Centre to attend an appointment on the mobile unit, which will be based at the Johnson Hospital in ...

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Donations lead to new scanner

A brand new scanner that it’s hoped will improve waiting times at Johnson Hospital is up and running thanks to charity funds. The £26,000 ultrasound scanner has been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends partly with donations from the thousands raised by the Johnson Hospital Ball. The Venous Ablation machine can look at veins and arteries and as it’s ...

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‘Alternative’ way to offer dental care ?

The NHS is to look at “alternative models of service delivery” after failing to land two new dentists in Spalding. As previously reported in The Voice, plans to open full-time dental surgeries at the Johnson Hospital and Winsover Road have been shelved with the companies behind them citing recruitment problems as the reason. An emergency dental service is continuing for ...

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Bereavement suite plan for Pilgrim

A planned bereavement suite in Boston’s Pilgrim hospital will help provide families with comfort and support following the death of a baby. A suite is already open at Lincoln County Hospital and is “there to make memories and give families and chance to grieve in a quiet, comfortable space away from the hospital”, a United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust statement said. ...

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Changes in stroke care at Boston’s Pilgrim hospital

Stroke victims in South Holland who would normally be treated at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston will face a longer trip alternate weekends from February. At both weekends and Bank Holidays from next month, one specialist stroke team will alternate its time between the Pilgrim and the Lincoln Hospital. A report to Lincolnshire County Council states that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS ...

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Medical centre weighs in with advice

Patients at Beechfield Medical Centre are being given extra incentive to get fit in 2019. The Patient Participation Group (PPG) is hosting weigh-in days on Tuesday and Thursday, January 22 and 24 from 9am to 12pm. You will be able to have your weight and BMI measured without an appointment. Advice will be offered and you will also be invited ...

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No new dentist causes dismay

Anger and dismay has greeted the news that two new NHS dentists are not coming to Spalding as planned. As revealed in last week’s Spalding Voice, neither of the proposed dental practise have been able to recruit and the town remains without a surgery taking on NHS patients. JDSP Dental Ltd was looking to move into Winsover Road and had ...

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Cancer advice at Holbeach store

Cancer patients, their friends, family and carers in Holbeach will now be able to get information, advice and support closer to home. A new outreach session will enable people living in and around the area to access regular information and support about cancer, and caring for someone with cancer. Starting this month, trained staff from the Macmillan Cancer Information and ...

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Plans for new dentists in Spalding cancelled

There will be no new NHS dental surgeries opening this month in Spalding. The news has come as a blow to South Holland residents with no access to regular health service dentists. Those already operating in the town don’t want to take on more patients, despite the possibility of funding. JDSP Dental Ltd was poised to move into Winsover Road ...

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Dementia help proposed for Crowland

Groups are coming together in a bid to improve the lives of people in Crowland affected by dementia. Setting up a regular cafe for those with the condition and their carers is one idea being looked at by charity Tonic Health, Crowland Cares and Abbeyview Surgery. The organisations are looking at the possibility of setting up a dementia day service ...

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Opinions about services sought

New surveys have been launched to gauge public opinion on two essential services: GP practices and Lincolnshire Police. NHS England has created a survey asking more than two million people to give their opinions on their local GP surgery. The results are published online at the website https://www.gp-patient.co.uk Here, you can search for your surgery to see how it has ...

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‘Worrying’ amount of people killed by the cold

The number of “excess deaths” in the county caused by cold was last winter the highest since 1975. As temperatures start to fall, concerns have been raised over the welfare of vulnerable households across the county following a new government report which reveals there were 700 excess winter deaths in Lincolnshire during 2016/17*, partly caused by people living in cold ...

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Cowbit man died after emergency services delays

An inquest has heard of continued steps by Lincolnshire Police towards better communications with East Midlands Ambulance Service after the two emergency services took almost 90 minutes to attend the scene of a man who had attempted to take his own life. By the time crews arrived at Paul Woodham’s home in Meadow Walk, Cowbit, he had died. The hearing ...

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Temporary free parking at Pilgrim hospital in Boston

Parking at three Lincolnshire hospitals will be free while problems with the new system are ironed out. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has announced that it will be providing free car parking for patients and visitors following problems with its new parking system. The Trust plans to reintroduce charges on Monday, January 7. For the last month, the Trust ...

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MP pushes for Spalding hospital role upgrade

Spalding’s Johnson Hospital should be upgraded to a ‘super urgent treatment centre’, says a letter from MP Sir John Hayes. Following news that the hospital may become a GP hub instead of a minor injuries unit, Sir John sought reassurance that this would not happen from the chief operating officer of South Lincs CCG Andrew Rix, who told him the ...

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Patients missing out on access equality

Patients in Lincolnshire do not have “equality of access” to some services, according to a county Healthwatch report due for discussion on Thursday. Members of South Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group (CCG) will be told that problems with adult neurology; autism and dyspraxia services along with other childhood neurodevelopmental disorders services could escalate. “Our concern has been recognised by the number ...

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Hospital parking price set to rise

Parking prices for patients and visitors at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust are to go up on Monday. The trust is joining forces with ParkingEye to introduce numberplate recognition system at all of its car parks. Patients will then pay at the end of their stay at one of the kiosks using their registration number. Payment can be with cash, card ...

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